This Tuesday marked Safe Internet Day (what will they come up with next?), an initiative that aims to raise awareness among users on responsible use of online technology among young people. Google has jumped on the bandwagon by offering two more gigabytes for your Google Drive if you do a small security check. And, yes, this extra space is yours forever.
Google already did this same promotion last year, hence we’re practically going to repeat everything outlined there as the procedure has not changed at all. You’ll need to go into the Google security test where a security check that should take no more than five minutes will be done in several sections and is divided into the following steps:
- Recovery information: Adding a phone number and alternative email address will ensure that you can recover your account if you lose access, getting messages over those channels when there’s any sort of suspicious activity.
- Review your recent activity: Google logs all the connections you make with your account via each device. In the list that appears you’ll see your recent connections, and if you find an access device that looks off you might need to be worried.
- Check the account permissions: As we’ve mentioned before, the social login is a double-edged sword that, while speeding up registration and access to external services, can get out of hand if you don’t keep an eye on which applications you associate with your account and which permissions they have access to. From that list you can unlink the programs you no longer use.
- Two-step verification setup: Safeguarding your account with an additional check is optional but highly recommended. If you enable it, every time you access your account from a new device you’ll need to enter both your usual password and a six-digit code that you’ll instantly receive on your smartphone. This makes it practically impossible for other people to get into your account.
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